UCI Community Resilience Projects supports a number of community-driven academic partnerships in the Acjachemen and Tongva homelands now known as Orange County, California.
From 2016-2018, the Regional Resilience Project (RRP) was a research and community engagement project focused on climate change impacts, social equity, vulnerabilities, and action. During 2016-2017, RRP sought to better understand the matrix of existing activities and budding opportunities to enhance equitable climate preparedness in Orange County. This work is documented, in part, in our December 2017 report on the equity profile of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments here. During 2017-18, RRP began collaborating with Orange County Environmental Justice (OCEJ) and others to identify research and policy allies, link with existing and emerging sustainability and climate networks in Orange County, and document the multiple worlds that exist in this relatively small geographic area. Our bridge-building activities aimed to co-generate ways to address the racial and class divides between communities ready for climate justice and those just beginning climate equity-focused work. During this year, Community Resilience Projects also co-sponsored an event called Cultivating Consciousness and Environmental Justice in Acjachemen and Tongva Homelands.
During 2018-19, UCI Community Resilience Projects have focused on:
- supporting a youth-led investigation into lead soil levels and environmental concerns in Santa Ana, California, through collaboration with OCEJ and Jovenes Cultivando Cambios (Youth Cultivating Change);
- collaborating with the CRECE Cooperative and others who are involved in leading development of community-based economic models in Santa Ana, California, to co-create supporting curricula for Santa Ana residents as well as university students, faculty, and staff who seek to become involved in community-driven academic partnerships there; and
- supporting efforts to bring together UCI faculty, post-docs, and graduate student researchers who participate in engaged environmental justice research together with various communities throughout the region and world.